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Galway TD demands answers on rural underspend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is demanding an explanation for an underspend of almost €20 million by the Department of Rural and Community Development last year.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv asked Minister Michael Ring to account for 19 million euro handed back to central Government by his department.
He expressed disbelief at the bad mismanagement of public money and claimed Minister Ring had frequently been warned of an a impending significant underspend.
Deputy O’ Cuiv says rural Ireland is being cheated out of funding.
Speaking in response, Minister Ring suggested one reason is local authorities failing to meet end of year project deadlines to claim reimbursement from central Government.
He also offered that Deputy O’ Cuiv is no stranger to underspending during his previous terms as Minister.

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UHG Emergency Department moving to new location this weekend

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The Emergency Department at UHG is moving to a new location at the front of the hospital over the coming weekend.

This new location will serve as the hospital’s A&E until the permanent facility, which is only in its infancy, is completed in 2027 at the earliest.

In order to minimise the impact of the move hospital management is requesting that people only attend the A&E if it is an emergency situation from tomorrow onwards.

General Manager Chris Kane says it is inevitable that there will be some disruption as it is a 24/7 service which doesn’t have a downtime.

She added they are trying to minimise attendance from tomorrow to allow the move with least impact on the service, and are asking people if at all possible to attend their GP or the Roscommon Injury Unit.

The temporary ED facility will have more capacity and will provide all single closed cubicles, extra resuscitation bays and a dedicated children’s zone.

Although this increase does not meet the population needs, the layout of the temporary facility provides greater privacy and dignity for patients.

While the new 100 million euro Emergency Department is at least 5 years away hospital management says this relocation frees up the footprint to construct the new multi-storey which will house the permanent A&E and Women’s and Children’s Department.

Prof Pat Nash, Chief Clinical Director for the Saolta Group says the progression of this block remains a key priority and they will continue to advocate for a service which is fit for purpose and addresses service capacity and risk issues.

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UHG has country’s second highest number of patients on trolleys today

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GBFM Newsroom – University Hospital Galway has the second highest number of patients in the country on trolleys this morning.

INMO’s Trolley Watch survey shows that there are 59 patients currently without beds at the hospital this morning.

55 of those patients are attending UHG’s Emergency Department while 4 are awaiting beds at wards elsewhere in the hospital.

9 patients are on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe between the Emergency department and wards elsewhere in the hospital.

Cork University Hospital is worst affected this morning with 69 patients waiting on beds there, all of which are in the emergency department.

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13 schools and youth centres in Galway to join Creative Schools initiative

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13 schools and youth centres in Galway will join the The Art Council’s Creative Schools Initiative.

This initiative provides opportunities for children and young people to build their artistic and creative skills.

186 places were offered by the Arts Council to join its Creative Schools initiative.

Students will have the opportunity to explore creatively and engage in activities such as baking, photography, and design as part of the initiative.

The successful Galway schools and centres are: Coláiste Naomh Eoin, Coláiste Ghobnait, Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin in an Cheathrú Rua, Youthreach Ballinasloe, Portumna Community School and National Schools Gort Na Gaoithe, St Oliver Plunkett NS, St Joseph’s NS, SN Naomh Ciarán in Cill Chiaráin, SN Baile An Mhuilinn, Scoil An Linbh Íosa, Inishbofin NS, Creggs Central NS.

The latest round of offers means that 1 in 5 schools nationwide have taken part in the initiative since its formation in 2018.

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